First Woman Acting Chief Ombudsman In PNG Reaches Age Limit, Ends 2 Year Post

Still feels fit to run office, hopes one day women can 'break the glass' for a woman to be appointed Chief Ombudsman

By Isaac Nicholas

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, August 05, 2016) – The first woman acting Chief Ombudsman Phoebe Sangetari has been forced out of office due to age limit.

She also said hopefully, one day women can "break the glass" for a woman to be appointed Chief Ombudsman.

Ms Sangetari has been replaced by Michael Dick who was appointed by the Ombudsman Appointments Committee last Friday.

She turns 55 this week and under the Ombudsman Commission Act, she has reached the age limit.

She told a media briefing at Government House that she is still fit to run the office but the laws must be respected.

Ms Sangetari while acting on the top post has already started the process in reviewing the laws and one of it is to increase the age limit that will soon go before Parliament for approval.

"We have started the process of legislative review of the laws of the Ombudsman Commission which commenced in 2012 and it is still ongoing.

"One of the proposals was to increase the age limit," she said.

She thanked the Ombudsman Appointments Committee for appointing Mr Dick as the new acting Chief Ombudsman and the appointment of Richard Pagen as Ombudsman.

Both Ombudsmen were sworn into office by Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio at Government House.

"My term expires on Sunday and if there was no appointment, there will be no chief ombudsman. At least we have a Chief Ombudsman appointed to keep the business of the Commission going," Ms Sangetari said.

She expressed satisfaction on what the Commission had achieved during a two-year term on the top post and eight years with the watchdog.

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